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Help your baby develop during their vital first year

Help your baby develop during their vital first year

Babies have an amazing capacity to learn, but there are so many things that parents can do to help their baby learn and develop. Here are a few essentials that really do make a difference. Tummy time Five minutes of tummy time two or three times a day can have a positive effect on head shape and brain development. It also leads on to crawling, an intellectually important milestone not to be missed. For babies who find tummy time uncomfortable, try placing baby on their tummy for a nappy change…



Top 5 reasons to supplement vitamin D for babies & toddlers

Top 5 reasons to supplement vitamin D for babies & toddlers

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin for children (and adults) of all ages. It is essential for babies and toddlers development and growth. Making sure your little one has enough vitamin D is important to prevent any major or minor health implications. Below are the top five reasons for vitamin D supplementation: 1. To supplement exclusively or partially breastfed infants Breastmilk is the best nutrition that a mother can offer to her children. Due to a movement by healthcare organizations around…



Benefits of reading to your baby

Benefits of reading to your baby

It is never too early to start reading with your baby. In the first three years of a child’s life, their brain grows by an amazing 85%. This is just one of the reasons why regular reading, talking, playing and singing with babies is so important for their development. PBC Expo spoke with Sue Hill from Raising Literacy Australia to get an understanding of the benefits of reading to your baby… The benefits of reading to young children are many. Story time with a loving parent or carer helps…



Nutrition during pregnancy: key vitamins, minerals and macronutrients

Nutrition during pregnancy: key vitamins, minerals and macronutrients

Congratulations on your pregnancy! What an exciting time for you and your family. During this time, what you eat plays an essential role in the development and health of your baby. While all nutrients are important, there are a few key nutrients that we focus on during pregnancy due to their important roles in foetal development. Folate Folate is a type of B vitamin involved in the development of your baby’s neural tube which happens very early on in pregnancy. As well as getting folate through…



Babywearing

Babywearing

There is no sweeter place for a baby than the embrace of a loved one. Babywearing, or holding your baby with the aide of a carrier, enables caregivers to keep their little ones close with ease. Babywearing is a parenting tool that spans across cultures and has been around for generations. The universal appeal of babywearing stems from the numerous functional and emotional benefits it gives to both caregiver and baby. Having been in utero for nine months, the feeling of being held and rocked is…



10 benefits of starting your baby swimming

10 benefits of starting your baby swimming

Start your baby swimming early for lifelong benefits! Deciding when to take your baby swimming for the first time can be a daunting decision for parents but the benefits of starting swimming early are amazing. Here, we run through our top 10 benefits of starting your baby swimming as soon as possible. Babies are born with a kicking reflex. They lose this reflex around 6 months of age so be sure to take bub swimming before then to see this incredible reflex in action Swimming is a gentle…



Tips for Buying Baby's First Shoes

Tips for Buying Baby's First Shoes

One of the most exciting things about having a little one in your life is getting to dress them up! Their little onesies and clothes are so cute - and let’s not forget about their shoes! How adorable are those little, teeny-tiny shoes? So when most people buy baby their first pair of shoes, they don’t usually put that much thought into it. “Those are cute - I’ll get those!” But this is a common mistake. After all, your baby is going to learn to walk in those shoes. So yes, it can be tempting to…



Top tips for bonding with baby – a dad’s guide

Top tips for bonding with baby – a dad’s guide

This Father’s Day we’re shining a light on all the things dads can do to help prepare for and bond with their new baby. As a new dad, your relationship with your baby is crucial to their learning and development. Red Nose Chief Midwife Jane says baby is ready to communicate and bond with dad right from birth and that there’s so much you can both do together to enjoy and benefit from this time. “It might not seem like it, but your baby knows who you are and recognises your voice from when he or…



Why messy play & mark making is important in early development

Why messy play & mark making is important in early development

The words ‘messy play’ strike fear into most adults who have children in their care! All we see is the mopping and sweeping up and finding play dough, or paint hand prints, for the next few weeks in places they definitely shouldn’t be! However, research shows that multi sensory play and mark making is a key area for child development and, when they enter school, writing skills. What is messy play and mark making? Messy play and mark making can either be dry, wet, squashy, hard, oily, smooth,…



A solid start to life

A solid start to life

The introduction of solids is an important step in the development of your baby's microbiome. What are some of the ways to approach this exciting milestone? The transition to solid foods is a bit different for everyone. Some babies are easy to please, while others are as fussy as restaurant critics. With a little bit of patience and some supporting advice, you'll be ready for whatever your little one throws your way. When? After about six months of pure breastfeeding or infant formula, it’s…



Sensory development

Sensory development

The newborn’s brain is only a quarter of adult size, but by the end of the first year, it will have doubled in volume. This growth is largely due to the trillions of neural connections, which allow messages to be passed from one area of the brain to another. These connections are the direct result of events and experiences encountered from birth. Babies need stimulating experiences. An environment full of interesting sounds, sights, smells, tastes and textures builds and strengthens connections…



How do our babies learn language and how should we talk to them?

How do our babies learn language and how should we talk to them?

Babies seem to learn their native language or languages effortlessly and very rapidly. The task of learning language, however, is not simple or trivial. In fact, it is one of the most complex cognitive skills that we develop in our lifetime. So, how do our tiny babies learn language? When do we start learning language? While it could be assumed that language learning starts when the baby is born, babies actually begin the learning process while they are still in the womb. The auditory system…



The benefits of baby massage for you and baby

The benefits of baby massage for you and baby

Reasons to give baby massage a go! According to the International Association of Infant Massage, there is both research and anecdotal evidence from families which shows that there are many ways that babies and parents may benefit from baby massage. Relaxation and constipation The relaxation benefits are well known – from assisting with sleep patterns, increased flexibility and muscle tone to calming and reduction of stress, but what may be lesser known is that massage may assist in the relief…



Having a planned birth? Every extra week counts.

Having a planned birth? Every extra week counts.

… research has shown that for every week a baby is born before 39 weeks, he or she is at increasing risk of developmental … born earlier than 39 weeks there was a small but significant increase in the likelihood of them being "developmentally



Signs that my baby is teething?

Signs that my baby is teething?

Signs that my baby is teething? By Children's Panadol It's around now that small person could be getting irritable, drooling and rosy-cheeked thanks to little teeth pushing their way through the gums. Ouch! It's not much fun for them - or you - but there are things you can do to ease any discomfort and take care of these 'new arrivals'. Is My Baby Teething? Teething is part of your child’s natural development, and most commonly starts between four and nine months of age. Discomfort may start…



Night Waking

Night Waking

Your baby can wake at night for many reasons and the cause is often age related and very individual. Night – day rhythms are not established until your baby is about three months old. From birth to six months your baby will sleep for around 2-4 hours and then wake for short periods and this occurs throughout the night. As your baby gets older (from about 6 months on) they will sleep for longer time periods that can be up to 6 or more hours and most of these longer periods will be at night. Your…



The essentials of baby play

The essentials of baby play

Play is fundamental to healthy brain development. It lays the foundation for reading, writing, mathematical reasoning and problem solving. Play provides an emotional outlet for tension and frustration and it is crucial to the socialisation process. In fact, play is so important that it has been globally recognised to be a fundamental human right. Play can be quiet or noisy, energetic or passive, social or non-social, relaxed or serious, imaginative or purposeful. Play may or may not require…



How your baby's sleep works

How your baby's sleep works

… The maturing of your baby’s sleeping and waking cycles is one of their most important developmental tasks … Sleep is complex, and it follows a normal developmental course similar to the way your baby develops …



21 tips to help my dad connect with me

21 tips to help my dad connect with me

… All the developmental stages of childhood growth have their joys and challenges. … Your child’s developmental milestones will challenge both you and your partners parenting abilities and …



Dream feeding

Dream feeding

The term dream feeding can be confusing to anyone who is not a parent. And even for those who’ve heard it before, sometimes there’s often still some confusion over who is doing the dreaming and who is doing the feeding. Breastfeeding mothers commonly dream they are feeding their baby with dreams so vivid and real that it can be very hard to recall if they really did breastfeed or were just dreaming they did. But this is not what dream feeding refers to. What is dream feeding? Dream feeding is…